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  • [twitter]I am starting my presentation: Music Teacher 2.0 – Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Use #mt20 to add your thoughts/ideas throughout the presentation. We will be checking in![/twitter]
  • [twitter]How effective do you think blogging can be in improving a music classroom? Vote now: [/twitter]
  • [twitter]My definition of a blog? A tool for content creation and sharing. What is yours?[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Three characteristics of a good music classroom: Well-Prepared Teacher, Smoothly-Managed Program, **Engaged Students!**[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Each of these characteristics can be more easily achieved using blogging.[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Ways blogging can help professional development: Write a blog (share ideas/ask questions) or Read Blogs (read ideas/answer questions)[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Discussing RSS Feeds and Feed Readers. What is your favorite Feed Reader?[/twitter]
  • [twitter]What part of being a music teacher is the LEAST productive when it comes to actually teaching music? Vote now:[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Blogging can help distribute information to students and teachers–post a blog, subscribe your parents email addresses via RSS![/twitter]
  • [twitter]Ways to engage students using blogging: have them write a weekly blog about music class, have them comment on other blog posts[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Say hi, where you are from, and why you love Twitter to the #umiami Music Ed majors using tag #mt20! We are watching! #musedchat #musiced[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Which statement best describes your teaching situation? Vote now:[/twitter]
  • [twitter]After our conversation: How effective do you think blogging can be in improving a music classroom?[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Final thoughts: In the words of @MusicEdTech: “Teach Music: The Technology Will Follow.”
  • [twitter]Wrapping up my session on blogging, here! Thanks so much for participating with me![/twitter]


  • 1. Music Teacher 2.0
    Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom
  • 2. Music Teacher 2.0
    Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom
  • 3. Before We Begin…
    Session Materials:
    Audio Podcast-available afterwards
    On Twitter? Use #time11 for discussion!
    Not on Twitter yet? Just text to “40404”
    Questions? Ask away!
    Now… take out your phones!
  • 4. A Quick Poll
  • 5. What IS Blogging, Anyway?
  • 6. What IS Blogging, Anyway?
    Blog – A journal written online and accessible to users of the internet
    Blog – An online, regularly updated journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public by virtue of being posted on a website
    Blog - A website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order
  • 7. What IS Blogging, Anyway?
    A blog is a tool for content creation and sharing.
    In other words, a blog is…
    A Teaching Tool!
    Blogging can very easily help you create a better music classroom.
  • 8. A “Better Music Classroom”
    Characteristics of a good music classroom:
    Well-prepared teacher
    Degrees – Compare Years
    Professional Development
    Smoothly-managed program
    Collecting/Spreading of Information
    Engaged Students!
    Interested in the material
    Excited to learn
  • 9. Well-Prepared Teacher
    Professional Development As We Know It:
    In-Service Days
    What type of effect do these create?
    How do we replicate this effect?
  • 10. Blogging for Professional Development
    Writing a Blog
    Share your thoughts/ideas
    Ask questions – answers via comments
    Reading Blogs
    Read others’ thoughts/ideas
    Help with others’ questions
    Blogging is Professional Development!
  • 11.
  • 12. RSS/Syndication
    What is it??
    RSS Syndication brings the information to you
    RSS Feeds – List of updates
    Feed Readers—Google Reader, Bloglines
  • 13. Google Reader
  • 14. Syndication Examples
    Blog Syndication
    Integrated in Blog Platform!
    FeedBurner – Advanced Features
    Email Subscription
    Podcast Syndication
    Blog Integration—Plugins
    iTunes Integration!
  • 15. RSS/Syndication Resources
    OPML – File containing multiple RSS Feeds
    Import into RSS Reader
    Music Education OPML Project
    Web-based RSS Aggregation
    Professional Development in a Box!
  • 16. Smoothly Managed Program
  • 17. Smoothly Managed Program
    Paperwork takes time
    Some paperwork can be reduced using blogging
    This doesn’t apply to everything!
    Blogging can help us distribute information to students and teachers
    Remember RSS?
  • 18. Let’s Compare… Trip Itinerary
    Paper Copy
    Via Classroom Blog
    Get parent emails at beginning of year
    Subscribe them to email RSS Updates
    Type up itinerary online on blog
    Click “Publish”
    80 emails go out to all the Moms/Dads with your itinerary
    Type up itinerary in Word
    Print itinerary
    Make 80 copies
    Distribute in class
    Find 57 on floor after orchestra
    Of the other 23, only half make it into Mom/Dad’s hands
    Make 57 copies the next day
    Find 32 on the floor
  • 19. Advantages to Using a Blog
    Environmentally friendly – less copies!
    100% Guarantee that parents receive the information
    Keeps your classroom clean!
  • 20. Engaged Students
    Students like being knowledgeable
    Modern Students: Typing > Writing
    Students probably know more about technology than you
    And That’s OKAY!
  • 21. How Do We Harness This?
    Weekly Reflection Blog
    General Music – What I learned this week
    Performing Ensembles – Rehearsal reflection
    Blog Comments
    Students comment on each others’ posts
    Weekly Listening – Post recording, students comment
  • 22.
  • 23. Twitter: Micro-Blogging
    Twitter Basics
    140-character “Tweets” to followers
    Don’t need to accept a new follower
    Replies, Retweets (FWD)
    Twitter is NOT about telling people what you ate for breakfast!
    Twitter IS a blogging platform
    Twitter IS a tool for content creation and sharing.
    Twitter IS an incredible medium for professional development
  • 24. Hashtags on Twitter
    In Twitter lingo…
    Hashtag = Keyword
    Hashtags let you search for specific topics
    Some examples:
  • 25. Another Poll
  • 26. #MusEdChat on Twitter
    The Problems:
    Teachers are Secluded
    Not many music teachers at each school
    This makes Professional Development hard!
    The Solution:
    Weekly Twitter Chat on Music Education
  • 27. #MusEdChat Basics
    Topic Submission Form
    Topic Poll
    Chat Transcripts
    Chat Recaps
  • 28. #MusEdChat: The Chat
    Monday Nights, 8pm Eastern Time:
    Sign on Twitter (or use an app!)
    Search for “#musedchat”
    Read the Tweets
    Respond using #musedchathashtag
    Ask Questions!
  • 29. Wrap-Up
    Blogging can help create a better classroom:
    Well-Prepared Teacher
    Smoothly-Managed Program
    Engaged Students
    Use Closed-Access Resources:
    NO Full Names (First only, Initials)
  • 30. Final Poll
  • 31. Final Thoughts
    The use of blogging tools should ALWAYSbe used to enhance your curriculum, and NEVERbe used to replace your curriculum.
    “Teach Music: The Technology Will Follow”
  • 32. Questions?
    For more information:
    Twitter: @Zweibz7
    Don’t forget! Materials/Audio available at: